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Rui Shi Dancing Lion Okmai by ShadowSaber Rui Shi Dancing Lion Okmai by ShadowSaber
The Mountains Gate Gods....

one of the celestial stone Lions of East. these beasts have many names such as Snow Lions, Foo dog, Shishi, or Buddha's Lions.

I love to see this in a new Okami game. the lion are full of joy and love. and they dance around with a celestial brass orb.

their are often found in pairs, one's male and other female (with a cub under paw). Rui here is name of the male and Shi is female, and yes there name Ah and Mu or A-U-M. this beast is beast may be based on the Lhasa Apso dog breed in real life. more detail look on this [link]
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Draw by :iconshadowsaber: please feel free to add a commit or two, many time people don't commit as much and i feel sad about that...
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:iconephraimz:
EphraimZ Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Okami.. Or Okmai?
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Frost5abor Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
This is really well done but...I can't understand what you're typing.
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pittstop Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
I don't think shadowsaber's first language is English. However I can understand most of it.
here is a little of what was meant.

their names are Rui and Shi, they are Buddha's Lions, also known as Foo Dogs, Snow Lions or Shishi. They are normally seen as Stone Lions guarding temples and are depicted in pairs, one male (standing with one paw on a brass ball) the other female (standing one paw on a cub).

They aren't featured in Okami the game, but would have been great to see as they played with the brass ball.

Hope that helps.
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Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooo very nicely done 8D great job on this!
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:iconvitality-eminent:
Vitality-Eminent Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Very neat! I've always liked Fu dogs. I love your detail work on the collar (and such) of the right dog.
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HikizuriNeko Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
I would just like to say that i love ur work and i believe u really do have a great amount of talent. This one is definitely one of my favs and i absolutely love ur okami pieces. I read ur journal and i'm with the whole fav & no comment thing.
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:iconbootsa81:
bootsa81 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! I really like their expressions. It would be so nice to see another Okami game with all kinds of mythology in it.
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:iconaoikita:
AoiKita Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Student General Artist
cept anything that isnt Japanese o.o....it wouldnt be cool anymore lol.(because its Okami and meant asian, not cause Im anti-)
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:iconbootsa81:
bootsa81 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I can understand that. ^_^
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:iconmollum:
mollum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
So...very...jealous...of...your...drawing...skills!
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:iconwolf-vexx1:
Wolf-Vexx1 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
this is just beautiful XD I love Okami
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:iconengelchen19:
Engelchen19 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
haha they are cute
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:iconway2thedawn:
way2thedawn Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Student Filmographer
awesum... they're so cute
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:iconepsilon-tempest:
Epsilon-Tempest Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Cute.
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:iconzephyrelric:
ZephyrElric Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Student General Artist
I love their faces. So happy. :3 The poses are very awesome, as well. <3
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:iconscottgardener:
ScottGardener Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
There's a sizable Okami fanbase, so many of us have our fingers crossed for a sequel. I think your idea, of having Ammy traveling throughout the world's mythos is the best plot suggestion I've heard. China would almost have to be first stop.
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gun-sniper Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
They look happy:) Beautiful.
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:iconkuroitaiyou:
KuroiTaiyou Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Student Digital Artist
D: your copic skills destroy mine. I love your work <3

What do you use to outline your subjects?
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Strake-Demon-Fire Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you never cease to amaze me with your drawing abilities.
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work yet again :3
I myself am a Lion Dancer, and I love these animals. They're so full of playfulness and liveliness.
Again, lovely work *w*
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mori-the-bat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
AWESOME drawing as usual!!! I love foo dogs! :love: They are one of those animals that does not get drawn enough!

I saw models of these temple dogs for sale, bought the male but could not afford the female with the cub, so now I have just the male and he is lonely. :( I was kinda dumb and didn't realise they come in pairs.
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deku231 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
They look awesome, cool and very playful! :)
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:iconchaostoglory:
ChaosToGlory Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Aww, they are so cute!!!!
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:iconkamoria:
Kamoria Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice <3
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:icondashley37:
DASHley37 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
8D Those would be awesome in that game!
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:iconkayago-the-demon:
Kayago-the-demon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
This looks really good.

I've never understood how these creatures are called lions when they look so much like the lucky dogs. Oh well. This is still really awesome.
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:iconshadowsaber:
ShadowSaber Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
there on and the same but it like a hybrid monster really lion-dog but it like the real Laps Apsa dog.
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Kayago-the-demon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Interesting story. I need to read up on it.
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:iconshadowsaber:
ShadowSaber Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah it really cool. did you know the Snow lion mike can heal anything
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:iconkayago-the-demon:
Kayago-the-demon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
No, I didn't. Sounds pretty cool though.
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:iconryuakira:
Ryuakira Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
That's cute!^^ And really awesome!:)
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:iconkitsunedra:
KitsuneDra Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008   Digital Artist
They're very cute. I love their expressions~!
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Amaya38 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Very nice :D :D What medium did you use for this?
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:iconshadowsaber:
ShadowSaber Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
copics markers and Background is psp6
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:iconamaya38:
Amaya38 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Oh, awesome :3
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gemboundGoat Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Student General Artist
Thats really cool =D
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:iconshadowsaber:
ShadowSaber Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thankyou so much
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:icongemboundgoat:
gemboundGoat Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Student General Artist
your welcome ^_^
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